2018 Donald D. Gehring Academy 



Andrea Goodwin, 2018 Gehring Academy Chair- click here for bio 

Andrea Seabert-Olsen, 2018 Gehring Academy Assistant Chair- click here for bio

Gehring Tracks


Advanced Sexual Misconduct Institute

Kristen Harrell 

Mary Beth Mackin Foundations of Professional Practice

Jane Tuttle 

The 2018 Mary Beth Mackin Foundations Track is a four-day competency-based curriculum designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of professional practice in student conduct administration. The content covers the fundamentals of practice, including: student conduct policies and procedures, case law, federal regulations and facilitating a student conduct meeting. Participants will also explore ethical issues, institutional governance, and relevant learning and development theoretical perspectives. This track is perfect for those new to student conduct.

Student Conduct Directors and Aspiring Directors

Martha Compton 

The Student Conduct Director and Aspiring Director Track is intended to give new (1-3 years) or aspiring directors the tools they need to understand and excel at their role.  Through the use of cohort-style learning groups, this track will explore the necessary functions of a student conduct operation as well as individual competencies and skill sets necessary for this work.  As student conduct programs and institutional types vary significantly, the faculty will provide a wide range of scenarios, considerations, and advice.  As a large part of learning happens informally, participants will also have the ability to raise their specific concerns and questions to be addressed by both the faculty and their peers.  This track will include topics such as office administration, policy development, cultural humility, navigating institutional politics, supervision, assessment, and strategic planning, among others.

Track Learning Objectives: 

·         Identify and practice personal and professional skills needed in the Student Conduct Director role.  

·         Identify and understand foundational and functional components of a student conduct program. 

·         Identify and articulate a personal professional development plan related to their specific career goals.  

·         Develop an awareness and/or further an understanding of underlying questions and pressures facing today's student conduct director in today's higher education climate. 

Restorative Justice 

Patience Bryant

The Gehring Academy Restorative Justice Track is an interactive, theoretical, and practical training program for persons desiring to implement restorative justice on their campuses. Encouraging an expanded view of student conduct work, the program will assist educators in developing a fully informed practitioner’s lens that honors student learning and development considerations that is also guided by the principles of social and restorative justice. Participants will gain a thorough understanding of restorative justice principles and practices, practical information and about program implementation.


Track Learning Objectives:

·         Understand the theoretical underpinnings of restorative justice while attaining both a global context and a historical context

·         Understand how the social justice lens and cultural awareness are integral in both RJ practices and principles

·         Understand various models of restorative practices both proactive and reactive,

·         Administer a RJ process from selection to conclusion

·         Infuse RJ principles into their host campus conduct and community development process and/or begin program creation at their institution

First Amendment (2-Day: Monday-Tuesday)

Lee Bird, Ph.D. & Mackenzie Wilfong, J.D. 

This program is designed to provide a thorough review of the First Amendment and its applicability to, campus best practices. Stories regarding campus First Amendment challenges and lawsuits are now commonplace in the press.  Senior administrators and decision-makers will be able to frame critical issues and use analytical tools to discern how, when and where the First Amendment applies on their campus.  This lecture/discussion format will include: an overview of the free speech national debate, forum analysis, prohibited speech categories, the First Amendment and social media, cases you should know, academic freedom, space utilization and controversial speakers and protests.   The program will end with tips and strategies for a First Amendment crisis.  Practical scenarios will be provided to hone skills.

Organizational Misconduct (2-Day: Wednesday-Thursday) 

Lance Watson 

Organizational misconduct can be a daunting topic for any student conduct professional because it isn’t one person behaving in a specific way. There are many students, alumni, advisors, national stakeholders, and campus partners weave in and out of an organizational investigation and have different impacts throughout it. It is imperative student conduct professionals understand the role organizational misconduct impacts the larger campus community and the effective addressing of organizational behaviors doesn’t solely stem from investigations and adjudication. The student conduct practitioner must understand organizational culture from its function in the student experience (both positive and challenging), the history and tradition behind organizations on your campus, and the institutional values set for organizations who choose to be affiliated with the campus. Participants in this intensive two-day track will participate in a systematic approach to addressing organizational misconduct beginning with analyzing the organizational culture on your respective campus, the proactive and reactive steps necessary to engaging with organization, and the finite strategies and techniques to investigate and adjudicate organizational misconduct on their campus.